Value of Dramatic Play in Preschool

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Value of Dramatic Play in Preschool
A preschooler pretends to be a doctor during dramatic play. (little girl playing image by Lisa Eastman from Fotolia.com)

Dramatic play is when children use their imaginations to represent their own understanding of their experiences. Children create an oral storyline to accompany the play, using objects and actions to help express their thoughts. The National Association for the Education of Young Children finds great value in dramatic play for preschool-age children.

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Taking Risks

According to Dr. Susan Miller, an early childhood expert, dramatic play allows preschoolers to take risks safely. Children use dramatic play opportunities to test out new ideas and express their points of view.

Self-Expression

Dramatic play provides preschoolers with an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings. Through acting, children can communicate their true emotions about new or scary situations.

Social Skills

According to Dr. Tammy R. Benson, an early childhood expert, dramatic play benefits children socially by encouraging them to interact with their peers. Children learn how to cooperate, share and take turns with others.

Language Development

Through social interactions, preschoolers increase their oral vocabularies and extend their knowledge about different topics. Children can also practice using new words and concepts.

Reading Connections

Dramatic play introduces young children to authentic reading experiences. Different imagined settings, such as a restaurant or post office, give children practice with print even if they can't read by themselves yet.

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